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Trump predicts victory as GOP aims for House vote next week on health care bill

  • 3:03 pm Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With President Donald Trump leading the last minute lobbying and deal making with conservative GOP lawmakers, Republican leaders are planning for a showdown vote next Thursday on the House floor, arguing now is the time to move forward with plans to overhaul the Obama health law.

“I want everybody to know that I’m a hundred percent behind this,” President Trump said to reporters as he met with a group of conservative lawmakers who were seeking changes to the health bill.

Mr. Trump made clear that he had successfully twisted some arms in an effort to get to the 216 votes that will [More]

White House backpedals over Spicer claim about British Intelligence and Trump surveillance

  • 8:35 am Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day after President Donald Trump’s top spokesman repeated accusations from a Fox News analyst that British Intelligence had helped with Obama Administration surveillance of Trump Tower in 2016, the White House was forced to backpedal, as the British Government asked the Trump Administration on Friday not to repeat that charge in public again.

“We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated,” was the message from 10 Downing Street, as British Intelligence officials labeled the allegation “ridiculous.”

The dustup stemmed from Thursday’s press briefing at the White House, where Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated an accusation that the GCHQ – Britain’s [More]

Spicer tangles with press corps over Trump-Russia questions

  • 8:14 pm Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Almost two weeks after President Donald Trump accused ex-President Barack Obama of doing surveillance on the Trump campaign, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly jousted with reporters at a briefing, accusing the press of ignoring stories that favored Mr. Trump, while again sidestepping questions of what prompted the President to say he was wiretapped in 2016.

“Where was your passion, and where was your concern when they all said that there was no connection to Russia?” Spicer said at one point.  “Crickets from you guys.”

Several reporters tried to get Spicer to react to a statement issued by Senate Intelligence Committee [More]

GOP health overhaul plan wins approval by third U.S. House panel

  • 12:22 pm Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Despite simmering differences among Republicans, a key Congressional committee on Thursday gave narrow approval to a GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, sending it one step closer to a showdown vote on the floor of the U.S. House.

“We made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Speaker Paul Ryan said soon after the House Budget Committee voted 19-17 to approve the Republican health plan.

“We’re going to keep our promise to the people that elected us,” Ryan told reporters, as his office sent out a news release with a headline of “One Step Closer.”

But for the first time, internal [More]

Trump 2018 budget takes aim at dozens of government programs

  • 7:47 am Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump released his budget outline for 2018 today, following through on his vow to increase defense spending, while cutting an equal amount from non-defense programs in the budget, as his plans would target a number of popular spending items for elimination, but not get the country any closer to a balanced budget overall.

The budget blueprint released today on covers “discretionary” spending – the $1.1 trillion portion of the budget that does not deal with major entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

“The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver [More]

Revised Trump travel ban put on hold by federal judge in Hawaii

  • 11:24 pm Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Hours before it was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugee admissions to the United States, as Mr. Trump denounced the ruling, saying it makes the U.S. look “weak.”

“We’re going to fight this terrible ruling,” the President said during a speech in Nashville, Tennessee, as he vowed to pursue an appeal.

“We’re going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Trump added.

“We’re going to keep our citizens safe,” the President [More]

Top intelligence lawmakers: no evidence of wiretap at Trump Tower

  • 11:58 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said today that their review of Russian interference in the 2016 elections has found no evidence that the Obama Administration used a wiretap to monitor associates of President Trump during last year’s campaign, contrary to a public charge made earlier this month by the President.

“We don’t have any evidence that took place,” said House Intelligence chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). “I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”

“I’ve seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped his [More]

Storm clouds hover over GOP push in Congress on health care reform

  • 7:19 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While GOP leaders declared that “failure is not an option” on a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, there were fresh signs of growing discontent among Republican lawmakers of all stripes in the Congress, as some of that may spill out in a closed door meeting of House Republicans set for this evening at the U.S. Capitol.

“I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), a more moderate Republican who called for a broader approach on health care reform.

“We should work together to write a bipartisan bill that works for our [More]

White House criticizes CBO findings as Republicans grapple with health care puzzle

  • 3:45 pm Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day after a Congressional Budget Office report stirred debate on a new GOP health care bill, the White House again tried to raise doubts about the CBO projections, as Republicans in the House and Senate continued to struggle with how best to forge a health care deal that could make it to the President’s desk.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said CBO attempts to figure out coverage levels under the Obama health law have been “historically faulty,” as he disputed the CBO finding that the GOP plan would mean 24 million fewer Americans would have insurance coverage in ten [More]

CBO report stirs new debate over details of House GOP health plan

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As snow fell Monday night in the nation’s capital, both Democrats and Republicans were taking stock of a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, which gave each side plenty of talking points – for and against – a new GOP health bill in the Congress.

Let’s look at some of the highlights:

1. The CBO shows the GOP plan would reduce the deficit. The new Congressional Budget Office report on the Republican health care plan held positives for Republicans, like finding the federal deficit would be reduced by $337 billion over 10 years. While that was a number that GOP lawmakers [More]

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